Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy

Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy

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In Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy, Bradley Watson demonstrates the paradox of liberal democracy: that its cornerstone principles of equality and freedom are principles inherently directed toward undermining it. Modernity, beyond bringing definition to political equality, unleashed a whirlwind of individualism, which feeds the soul's basic impulse to rule without limitationincluding the limitation of consent. Here Watson begins his analysis of the foundations of liberalism, looking carefully and critically at the moral and political philosophies that justify modern civil rights litigation. He goes on to examine the judicial manifestations of the paradox of liberal democracy, seeking to bring a broad philosophical coherence to legal decision making in the United States and Canada. Finally, Watson illuminates the extent to which this decision making is in tension with liberal democracy, and outlines proposals for more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739100386
  • 9780739100387

About Bradley C. S. Watson

Bradley C. S. Watson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Fellow in Politics and Culture at the Center for Economic and Policy Education at Saint Vincent more

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A persuasive addition to the literature examining the nature and history of that most complex of modern phenomena: liberal democracy... Watson adds to our understanding of the depth of the current malaise. -- Thomas M. J. Bateman, Augustana University College This book comes to us on a rising tide of criticism of liberalism as the theoretical foundation of democratic government... It is an excellent contribution to an ongoing and crucially important debate in contemporary democratic theory. -- Fr. Francis Canavan, Fordham Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Paradox of Liberal Democracy Chapter 3 The Canadian Experience Chapter 4 The American Experience Chapter 5 Individuality and Modern Thought Chapter 6 Obstacles to Reform in the United States Chapter 7 The Times of Restoration: Prospects for Reform Chapter 8 Coda Chapter 9 Works Cited Chapter 10 Cases Cited Chapter 11 Indexshow more